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Father appears in the following tongue twister:

  • The Smothers brothers' father's mother's brothers are
    the Smothers brothers' mother's father's other brothers.

Usage statistics for the noun father:

spoken English36.47%written English63.53% conversational speech40.21%task-oriented speech59.79% imaginative writing78.77%informational writing21.23%
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Father is sometimes a misspelling of farther.

The word father is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun father

What does father mean as a name of something?

Father is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in imaginative writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in imaginative written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • father: fathers
  • Father: Fathers

  1. a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father)
    • example: his father was born in Atlanta
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of father: begetter / male parent
    • antonym of father: mother
    • more generic word: parent = a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child
    • more specific terms:
  2. the founder of a family
  3. `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of Father: Padre
    • more generic terms: form of address / title / title of respect = an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; priest = a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites
  4. (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
  5. a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
    • examples: the tennis fathers ruled in her favor | the city fathers endorsed the proposal
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: leader = a person who rules or guides or inspires others
  6. God when considered as the first person in the Trinity
    • example: hear our prayers, Heavenly Father
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of Father: Father-God / Fatherhood
    • instance of: hypostasis / hypostasis of Christ = any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united
  7. a person who founds or establishes some institution
  8. the head of an organized crime family
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of father: don
    • more generic terms: chief / head / top dog = a person who is in charge

Alternative definition of the noun father


  1. A male who sires (and often raises) a child.
  2. A term of address for an elderly man.
  3. A person who plays the role of a father in some way.
  4. The founder of a discipline or science.

Definition of the verb father

What does father mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fathered | fathering | fathers

  1. make (offspring) by reproduction


Who is Father?

Father a.k.a. Tom Leykis: Thomas Joseph "Tom" Leykis is an American talk radio personality best known for hosting The Tom Leykis Show from 1994 to 2009, and April 2012 to the present. The show follows the hot talk format, which brought Leykis much success, particularly in the Southern California radio market. Due to the provocative nature of the show, Leykis has often been described as a shock jock. The show's best-known feature is "Leykis 101", in which he purports to teach men "how to get laid" while spending the least amount of time, money, and effort.


Father is an alternative metal band from Rijeka, Croatia. The band was assembled in March 2000 by three members of the band Easyman. They released their debut album Inspirita on Dallas Records in October 2005 to critical and commercial acclaim. The band subsequently released the songs Cynosure and Machina as singles, both featured on the album.


  1. Father: Padre, antagonista principal del manga y del segundo anime de Fullmetal Alchemist, es un hombre con el mismo aspecto que Hohenheim, padre de los hermanos Elric. Padre es el creador de los homúnculos; dirige el plan para crear un piedra filosofal a escala de todo Amestris y su origen está en el desaparecido país de Xerxes, en el este.
  2. Father a.k.a. Ralf is a fictional character from the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
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  3. Father is a fictional character from the 1919 film A Day's Pleasure.
  4. Father is a fictional character from the 2012 film Holy Motors.
  5. Father a.k.a. Moon is a fictional character from the 2011 film The Kick.
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  6. Father is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Dreamers.
  7. Father a.k.a. Youngsik is a fictional character from the 2007 film Hansel and Gretel.
  8. Father a.k.a. Man is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Road.
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  9. Father is a fictional character from the 2013 film Ponmaalai Pozhudhu.
  10. Father: Fictional film character.
  11. Father is a fictional character from the 2005 film Tickets.
  12. Father is a fictional character from the 2012 film For Marx.
  13. Father is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Nutcracker in 3D.
  14. Father is a fictional character from the 1997 film Jag är din krigare.
  15. Father is a fictional character from the 2009 film Room and a Half.
  16. Father is a fictional character from Becoming Royston.
  17. Father is a fictional character from the 2004 animated film The Polar Express.
  18. Father is a fictional character from the 1995 film Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree.
  19. Father is a fictional character from the 1918 film Casanova.
  20. Father is a fictional character from the 2002 film Valentín.
  21. Father is a fictional character from the 2013 film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
  22. Father is a fictional character from the 1981 film Absurd.
  23. Father is a fictional character from the 2002 film The Pianist.
  24. Father a.k.a. Pappa is a fictional character from the 1980 film Madicken på Junibacken.
  25. Father is a fictional character from the 1978 film "What Will You Do When You Catch Me?".

There are other characters with in their name, like Father!s, Father..., Father Joe, Father Ted, Father-God, Sky Father, Father Jude, Father Love, Father Time, Alien Father, Father Brown, Father Elias, Father Scott, Grand father, Hols' Father, Ken's father, Vic's father, Adam's Father, Church Father.


  1. "Father" is a 1966 Hungarian drama film written and directed by István Szabó. The film is a coming of age story. The main character copes with his childhood loss of his father against the backdrop of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and memories of the Arrow Cross dictatorship.
  2. "Father" is a 1990 film about a retired German immigrant living in Australia, Joe Muller, who is accused of being a former Nazi who committed war crimes in the Second World War by a strange woman called Iya Zetnick. His daughter Anne Winton is not certain whom to believe.
  3. "Father" a.k.a. "Pedar" is a 1996 Iranian film by director Majid Majidi. It won a number of awards at film festivals both within Iran and internationally. The word pedar means father in Persian.
  4. "Father" a.k.a. "Just a Father": Solo un padre is a 2008 Italian comedy-drama film directed by Luca Lucini. It is based on the novel Perfect Skin written by Nick Earls.
  5. "Father" is a 2000 Chinese film directed by the writer Wang Shuo. To date, it is Wang's first and only directorial effort. The film is based on Wang's own novel, Wo Shi Ni Baba. Despite being partially backed by the state-run Beijing Film Studio, Father suffered from years of bureaucratic red tape. Made in 1996, the film was not screened until 2000, when it surreptitiously premiered at the 2000 Locarno International Film Festival.
  6. "Father" is a 2010 drama film written by José María de Orbe and Daniel V. Villamediana and directed by José María de Orbe.
  7. "Father" is a 2012 animated short film written by Ivan Bogdanov and Phil Mulloy, and directed by Ivan Bogdanov, Moritz Mayerhofer, Asparuh Petrov, Veljko Popovic, Rositsa Raleva and Dmitry Yagodin.
  8. "Father" is a 2013 short drama and animation film written by Santiago Bou Grasso and Patricio Plaza and directed by Santiago Bou Grasso.
  9. "Father" is a 2012 documentary, family drama written and directed by Marat Sargsyan.
  10. Father is a 1999 Thai TV series.
    • begun on and completed on (15 years ago)
    • country: Thailand
    • regular cast: Pongsak Pongsuwan as Gorge
  11. "Father" is a 2008 animated short film written and directed by Sebastian Danta.
  12. "Father" is a short film, directed by Jordan Tannahill.
  13. "Father" is a 2009 short film written by Rashid Rasaq and directed by David Leon and Marcus McSweeney.
  14. "Father" is a film.
    • country: China
    • language: Standard Chinese
    • genres: World cinema, Chinese Movies, Drama
    • released in (7 years ago)
  15. "Father" is a 1988 film directed by Keisuke Kinoshita.
    • also known as Chichi
    • country: Japan
    • language: Japanese Language
    • rating: G
    • released on (26 years ago)
  16. "Father" a.k.a. "아버지" is a film.
  17. "Father" is an omnibus film directed by Nao Ichihara, Yoshikazu Sugiyama and Takashi Tsukinoki.


  1. "Father" is the third single from LL Cool J's seventh album, Phenomenon. It was released on January 13, 1998 for Def Jam Recordings and was produced by the Trackmasters.
  2. "Father" is a musical single of The Christians.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  3. "Father" is a 1998 single by LL Cool J.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  4. "Father" is a musical single of Anthony Rother.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  5. "Father" is a musical album of Serenades.
    • released on (5 years ago)


  1. Father: A father is a male parent who has raised a child, supplied the sperm through sexual intercourse or sperm donation which grew into a child, and/or donated a body cell which resulted in a clone. The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the noun "fathering". Fathers determine the sex of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome, or Y chromosome. Related terms of endearment are dad, daddy, pa, papa, poppa, pop, and pops. A male role-model that children can look up to is sometimes referred to as a father-figure.
    • also known as Far, Baba (terim), 父親
  2. Father a.k.a. Achan is a 2011 Malayalam-language film directed by Ali Akbar and starring Thilakan. The film is based on a drama of the same name written by S. R. Raveendran, who also scripted the film. The film's shooting began on July 28, 2010, and was scheduled to release by October. Several issues regarding the casting of Thilakan, an expelled member of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists, led the film to a delayed release on 14 January 2011. Ali Akbar’s wife produced the film; the music was composed by his daughter.
  3. Father is the codename given to a blind female British government official who appears as a supporting character in the 1998 film The Avengers, based on a very brief appearance in the British TV series of the same name.
  4. Father is the first single taken from Ms. Dynamite's second studio album, Judgement Days. "Father" was released on 26 September 2005 as a double A-side single with "Judgement Day". The single became her fourth solo consecutive top 30 hit, reaching number 25 in the UK Singles Chart.

Phrases with Father

Phrases starting with the word Father:

  1. Father Sky
  2. father-god
  3. father brown
  4. Father Frost
  5. Father-to-Be
  6. father's day
  7. father figure
  8. Father Lasher
  9. father-figure
  10. father-in-law

Phrases ending with the word Father:

  1. Co-Father
  2. Our Father
  3. Sky Father
  4. city father
  5. holy father
  6. Birth Father
  7. church father
  8. foster father
  9. foster-father
  10. pilgrim father

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Father

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Google previewDoes a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? (2005)

by Eric Carle

Its mother is a flyer and its father is a boomer. A group of kangaroos is a troop or a mob or a herd. Lion A baby lion is a cub. Its mother is a lioness and its father is a lion. A group of lions is a pride. Giraffe A baby giraffe is a calf. Its mother is a ...

Google previewJesus and the Father (2009)

Modern Evangelicals Reinvent the Doctrine of the Trinity by Kevin N. Giles

What these evangelicals are seeking to support by arguing that the Son eternally obeys the Father is the authority of husbands in the home and men...

Google previewSoccer Dad (2008)

A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season by W. D. Wetherell

Take away eleven seniors from last year's team, and that leaves nine open spots, three of which will go to juniors, which leaves six minus that flashy freshman Colin guy whose father is a big shot on the school board. Five from a list of Kevin ...

Google previewFirst Name Reverse Dictionary (1993)

Given Names Listed by Meaning, 2d ed. by Yvonne Navarro

horse-woman; woman Aban m Abbott Abana f goddess; ivory Abasi m stern Abayomi m bringer; happiness Abba f born Abban m Abbott Abbey f father; joy Abbotsen m Abbott; son Abbotson m Abbott; son Abbott m abbey; father Abbottson m ...

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Usage statistics about father

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun father:

spoken English36.47%written English63.53% conversational speech40.21%task-oriented speech59.79% imaginative writing78.77%informational writing21.23%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun father:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun father and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb father:


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Quotes about Father

O father o father your never a bother even though you’re my only father
o father o father
your always there
o father o father
your always a caring father
o father o father
your my father
o father o father
I love you has my father (Jessica lee Workman)
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Scrabble value of F4A1T1H4E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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